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Join Date: Mar 2003
Okay, I agree not everybody would be interested. I can accept criticism. I know the basic idea set out above is simplistic: hell, I'm only one person with other things to think about! :)
I threw this up mainly as a thought - we should not have to put up with governments ignoring us because the next election no longer matters to them!
I have no recent evidence of corruption, and I admit people tend to suspect pollies of corruption regardlessn of actual proof. It's paranoia: probably people think this because if they were in the same situation, they'd be looking to make a bit of extra money :)
However, there have been numerous cases in the past: I don't have reference books here to find examples. We all know that corruption is possible and has happened before.
I am talking about replacing the Government body, not civil servants.
I am talking about the people who currently do the research for the government, doing it instead for a dedicated news channel which will air it to the general populace in shorthand. The actual reports would be placed on the Internet for public consumption.
I would propose leaving the existing department bodies i.e. Main Roads in place, and regulating their activities via community input - broadly speaking.
In cases such as the Consolidations Act you mention, I had envisioned the companies putting together a proposal, and then another body researching an argument - presumably the companies pushed the idea to the government in the first place, and the government already has a body in place to research arguments.
Basically, instead of petitioning the government, they would petition the community, who are now the goverment. All the community has to do is listen to the arguments, and then say yes or no; exactly as the government does.
Obviously, some sort of requirement to vote would have to be placed on the populace - that is already here, so it is no major problem.
Just bear in mind, I am not asking the average Joe to debate all this crap; that's what I had envisioned the news services doing, in brief. All I am thinking of having normal people do is listen to the arguments, debate perhaps with friends and family units, and say yes, no, or rework the idea.
This would have the advantage of forcing the citizenry to pay attention to how the country is run, and at least partially eliminating the 'mob rule' tendency, which is only exacerbated by shoddy, one-sided media reporting.
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